Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa by Lynette Carrington Andaz Scottsdale Resort & SpaBringing Artful Style to Scottsdale’s Resort Scene The wait is over! Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa opened in December 2016 and Scottsdale.com was thrilled to discover all the facets of the property that is nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain on a well thought-out 23 acres that includes 201 guest bungalows. One of the first things you will notice at Andaz Scottsdale is that the resort is tucked back in west of Scottsdale Road, affording the property an extra measure of quiet and exclusivity. Spacious rooms dot the property along meandering walkways flanked by towering pines and cottonwoods, along with punctuations of citrus and native desert plants. The meticulously manicured lawns and landscaping provide an immediate glimpse of the level of attention to detail you can expect at every turn at Andaz Scottsdale. Andaz Scottsdale is one of those rare Valley resorts where you will want to take the time to stroll around the property to appreciate all that it has to offer.One particular design aspect that reoccurs throughout the property is the use of wood planks. Utilized in walkways, wall design and patio privacy features, the beautiful feature also spills over into the bungalows that have a wooden bench tucked into the corner of the spacious shower. In a way, it brings the outside into the inside, and is a very compelling visual touch. Stepping inside the Guest House at Andaz Scottsdale provides you a modern and fun introduction, complete with an open and airy reception area, a whimsical puff ball art wall, a welcome cocktail. Not just serving as a lobby, the Guest House is an engaging social space to check-in, chat with staff, and enjoy unique art displays. A stay at Andaz Scottsdale will have you arriving as a valued guest, and leaving as a local. The Bungalows Our bungalow room immediately welcomed us with an open front terrace that included a spacious outdoor seating area that was made extra comfortable with the addition of padded seating and plush, colorful pillows. The inviting terrace proved to be the perfect place to sit outside and stargaze while enjoying a glass of wine. The next morning, it also served as a great place to enjoy coffee and catch up with the latest news. All bungalows have a front terrace, 72 rooms (Ultimate Kings) have both a front terrace and back patio, and five even have private pool bungalow access. The 201 bungalow rooms at Andaz Scottsdale range from 330-485 square-feet, are lushly appointed, and a few very large bungalows are available for families or groups. Rooms include custom artwork, a generously sized seating sofa with large pillows, a comfortable chair with ottoman, a large pass-through area that acts as a spacious closet, bathrobes, flip-flops , an ironing board and iron, a hairdryer and Argan toiletry products. A mini, snack-style prep area features a Keurig coffee maker, a mini-fridge with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, plus complimentary snacks, including a handful of salt water taffy presented in an adorable art glass bowl. A selection of alcohol is also available for purchase on the honor system.As with every area of Andaz Scottsdale, the emphasis is one of art and artful interpretation. The furnishings are mid-century modern and utilize fun pops of color. Each Andaz property throughout the world incorporates local flavors, art, foods and influences distinct to its geography, and Andaz Scottsdale does just that. Patterns, colors and design within the bungalows reflect the influences of the Zuni Tribe, artist Alexander Girard and iconic architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Various elements of art permeate the room and incorporate a variety of unique styles of the artists of nearby Cattle Track Arts Compound in Scottsdale. Artists whose work is featured in the bungalow retreats include Janet Towbin, Larry Passey, Brent Bond, Mark McDowell, Koryn Woodward Wasson, Matt Magee and Valley favorite, Bob Boze Bell. Additional artists have work featured in the main guest house and the Andaz Scottsdale signature restaurant Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. While you’re at it, stop in at the restaurant, grab some colored pencils and color to your heart’s content in one of the fun adult-style coloring books, or sketch pads. Or, pick up a creative art-centric souvenir as a gift for a special someone back home. Weft & Warp Art Bar & KitchenThere really is no way to adequately describe the local magic that happens in the Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. One of our favorite things about the Guest House and adjoining Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen is the fact that it is so open and almost done entirely in glass. The staff is clearly having fun creating delicious entrees and noshes in the kitchen and they don’t mind showing guests what they can do. You could say it is the equivalent of dinner and a show! The open concept kitchen also includes a chef’s table for 10, perfect for wine dinners or special events. Another semi-private area closer to the Turquoise Pool is also a gorgeous spot for dinner parties of up to 18. Chef Adam Sheff (most recently from Park Hyatt, New York) has proven himself to be the perfect fit for this engaging restaurant. During our visit, we tried many dishes, all of which have a local flavor, a Sonoran twist, or utilize locally sourced ingredients. Simply put, you will enjoy food at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen that is unlike what you will find elsewhere in the Valley. Knowing that your food is so enthusiastically prepared by a team headed up by one of the nicest and most creative chefs in the Valley makes dining at Andaz Scottsdale all the more enjoyable!Although there are some items on the menu that are mainstays, entrees rotate with some amount of frequency and the art-inspired “temporary” chef-signed menus we received at our table were equal parts fun, whimsical and creative. To kick off our meal, we had a sampling of a variety house-made jerky, which were exceptional, and the blue cornbread with tomato jam salsa is a cool twist on traditional cornbread served up in an adorable cast iron skillet. We particularly loved the Arizona Medjool dates sourced from Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry in Scottsdale, filled with fresh crema and topped with pistachio crumb. I can’t think of a better way to showcase an appetizer or desert-themed nosh than with this tasty bite. We chose the grilled flank steak as our first entrée. Perfectly prepared medium-rare, the dish also included a clever Kilt Lifter beer (from local Four Peaks Brewery) and onion puree with evoo croutons. The quality of the meat certainly spoke for itself, and the unique texture and taste of the puree, made for the perfect taste accompaniment for the entrée. The airy and light croutons also made for an addition of taste and textures that meshed nicely with the entrée.Next, we had the pork belly with a tantalizing arrangement of masa buns, grilled pineapple, pickled onions, butter leaf lettuce and served with a coffee bbq sauce (coffee sourced from Cult Coffee in Phoenix). This dish is one of the many reasons that make me love the culinary styling of Chef Sheff. The pork belly was lightly seared on the outside and set atop a tidy pool of coffee bbq sauce. The other side of the plate was a carefully constructed layout of slightly crisped masa buns, butter leaf lettuce and grilled pineapple, with a smattering of pickled onions. As we eagerly constructed bite-sized “mounds” of all the ingredients, we discovered that it was nothing short of a forkful of heaven. What a dish! It was also interesting to note that the coffee bbq sauce was a thinner style sauce with a light flavor, reminiscent of a light soy ginger sauce in both taste and texture.We also enjoyed a few companion dishes. The creamed Blue Sky Farms (Litchfield Park, AZ) arugula with pecan cookie crumb was a delicious departure from a typical salad. The dressing was almost more like a thin gravy than a traditional dressing and was a delicious treat with the pecan cookie crumb. We also thoroughly loved the roasted baby yams with ancho-brown butter vinaigrette, i’itoi onion and wildflower crouton. In fact, the yams were so good; they could have been an entrée all by themselves. Finally, we were treated to dessert. The house-made vanilla ice cream and coconut lime gelato proved to be perfect mates in the same dish. You just don’t know what you’re missing unless you indulge in these wonderful scoops of deliciousness enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the Turquoise Pool. We wrapped up the evening with a Diamondbacks Fizz cocktail under the watchful eye of the misty moon. The provocative cocktail features Olmeca Altos Blanco Tequila, grapefruit, lime and jalapeno agave. It is a Sonoran-inspired cocktail that perfectly sums up the creativeness of the Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen’s flavor compass.The Turquoise PoolLooking out past the Guest House and Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen reveals the beautiful Turquoise Pool. The visual focal point is cleverly and slightly “sunken,” so as not to distract from the stunning views of Camelback Mountain, and is flanked on either side with towering palm trees and surrounded by inviting lounge chairs. A 1950s style cabana bar is always buzzing with small crowd of visitors eager to try the latest craft cocktails. If lounging poolside, you’ll be offered a complimentary "delighter" each day at 11:30 a.m. It might be a taste of a featured cocktail, or an "adult" sno-cone, etc. It is designed to let people poolside know that the Turquoise Pool is open and ready for fun and relaxation. What a reason to visit frequently! Of course, if you are on the property during sunset, the back patio of the Guest House just beyond the restaurant is the place to catch a most gorgeous sunset.Groups, Art, Adventures and More!The layout of the property at Andaz Scottsdale makes it the perfect spot for just about any size of group. There is even a larger style residential area for event groups. “The Retreat” on the south side of Andaz boasts 23 guestrooms that are perfect for family or corporate getaways and provide the opportunity for a sense of community with an extra measure of exclusivity. The Retreat includes a pool and event and outdoor dining space. The resort features 10,000 square feet of indoor meeting and function spaces, including the 3,900 square foot Foundry Ballroom, the 2,300 square foot Easel and Mural Studios, and four additional working studios ranging in size from 650 to 1,600 square feet. The Studios feature large windows and glass doors leading to outdoor patios and function spaces, designed to provide unique meeting break and social gathering experiences. More than 36,000 square feet of outdoor event and function spaces will provide extraordinary venues for weddings and groups and events of all sizes. Guest artists from Cattle Track also conduct live art demonstrations and classes at various intervals, lending even more unique experience to Andaz Scottsdale’s guests.Andaz Scottsdale is only minutes from world class shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Old Town Scottsdale and lots of nightlife opportunities, just 15 minutes north in the Scottsdale Quarter. Need a ride to go shopping or to catch an event? Travel in style in the Andaz Scottsdale’s very own Tesla!Palo Verde Spa & ApothecaryAt the end of February, the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary at Andaz Scottsdale will open its doors in a newly built and luxuriously appointed retreat on the property. The spa will offer many services, including massage and facials. The incorporation of a botanist at the spa will allow guests to customize their treatments utilizing various desert botanicals and natural aromatics, creating a very unique and relaxing experience. There will also be an additional pool opening in the coming months, giving guests even more choices of where they would like to relax. As a native Arizonan, and I embrace the opportunity to suggest Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa to anyone looking for a quiet and beautiful place to stay, a romantic staycation, a convenient place for group events, or just a lovely spot to enjoy a fantastically creative meal and cocktails under the stars. Truly, Andaz Scottsdale is a gem in the crown of Scottsdale, and a stellar property that impresses at every turn. Andaz is part of the Hyatt Gold Passport family of properties, an exclusive brand with 15 locations worldwide. The Andaz resorts include international locations in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa is located at 6114 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Visit https://scottsdale.andaz.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html or call (480) 368-1234 for additional information.